Lonesome Ghosts

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Lonesome Ghosts
Mickey Mouse series
Lonesome Ghosts.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Burt Gillett
Produced by Walt Disney
Story by Dick Friel
Voices by Walt Disney
Clarence Nash
Pinto Colvig
Billy Bletcher
Music by Albert Hay Malotte
Animation by Art Babbitt
Rex Cox
Clyde Geronimi
Dick Huemer
Milt Kahl
Isadore Klein
Ed Love
Bob Wickersham
Dick Williams
Marvin Woodward
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s) December 24, 1937 (Christmas Eve)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 8 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Lonesome Ghosts is a 1937 Disney animated cartoon, released through RKO Radio Pictures on December 24, 1937. It was directed by Burt Gillett and animated by Izzy Klein, Ed Love, Milt Kahl, Marvin Woodward, Bob Wickersham, Clyde Geronimi, Dick Huemer, Dick Williams, Art Babbitt and Rex Cox.[1] The short features Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy as members of The Ajax Ghost Exterminators.


The Ajax Ghost Exterminators are hired by telephone to drive out four ghosts from a haunted house that has long been abandoned. Unbeknownst to them, they were hired by the ghosts themselves, who are bored because nobody has visited the house they had long been haunting (they had scared all the locals away, as one ghost puts it: "Guess we're too good!"). They wish to play tricks on the living, and do so through a series of inventive, annoying pranks. The exterminators arrive, enter and announce themselves, but there is nobody to receive them. Mickey decides they should get to work anyway, and the three split up to hunt the ghosts individually. The exterminators are toyed with at every turn; Mickey is driven upstairs and tries to open a door, which opens in a splash of water. Donald, meanwhile, is whacked with a wooden board and is scared away by the sounds of banging chains and dishes. Goofy, in a bedroom, becomes tangled in a dresser and stabs his own rear with a pin, mistaking his blue pants for a ghost and is shoved down into the basement. In the end, the three exterminators accidentally become covered in molasses and flour, making them look like ghosts and consequently scaring the actual ghosts out of the house in a panic. The ghost hunters stand victorious, having driven the spirits out of the house, although not exactly certain how. Donald smugly assumes the ghosts fled in capitulation to their superior tactics.

Goofy says, while warily looking around him: "I'm brave! But I'm careful." Donald's observes, "So you can't take it, you big sissies!", and Goofy quips, "I ain't scared of no ghosts!" (weakly boasting while hiding from a ghost-engineered scare).


In other media[edit]

  • An edited (and silent) version of the cartoon was released as a cartridge for the Fisher-Price Movie Viewer, a small crank-operated toy.
  • In 1957, the scream sound effect heard in the beginning of this short was used in the fourth episode of Zorro, "The Ghost of the Mission", which aired on Halloween.
  • Many people believe this cartoon was the inspiration for Ghostbusters, it may well have inspired the catchphrase "I ain't afraid of no ghost" from the Ghostbusters theme song written by Ray Parker Jr.
  • The Lonesome Ghosts appear as helpers in the video game Disney's Magical Quest 2 Starring Mickey & Minnie.
  • Lonesome Ghosts was the basis for, and title of the fourth level in the video game Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse, and its PlayStation version, Mickey's Wild Adventure.
  • A scene from Lonesome Ghosts with new music appears in Disney's Magical Mirror Starring Mickey Mouse.
  • A shortened version aired on the Disney Channel in October 2009, as part of a show called Disney Have-a-Laugh, which featured remastered and redubbed versions of old cartoons.
  • There is a travel map in the video game Epic Mickey based on this cartoon. The Lonesome Ghosts appear as Wasteland denizens, and are named Gilbert, Ian, Gabriel and Screechin' Sam.
  • The Lonesome Ghosts and The Ajax Ghost Exterminators were incorporated into a painting by artist Randy Souders. Entitled "A Haunting We Will Go", it was created for the 1997 Disneyana Convention at Walt Disney World.[2]
  • In the "House Ghosts" episode of Disney's House Of Mouse, The Lonesome Ghosts make a cameo, scaring Pete and pulling his underwear.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lonesome Ghosts". www.bcdb.com, April 12, 2012
  2. ^ [1] Archived September 26, 2007 at the Wayback Machine

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